Solidarity & Sanctuary: The 2016 Spring Days of Action Print
Written by Hendrik Voss   
Friday, 18 March 2016 02:12
Keep up the pressure on the powers that be! Join us from April 14-18 in Washington, DC for School of the Americas Watch’s Spring Days of Action (SDOA)! We will continue the tradition of combining direct action, art, workshops, and lobbying to confront U.S. imperialism and xenophobia in the Belly of the Beast!

Click here to Register & Join us in DC April 14th - 18th, 2016

This year there will be actions in the streets and a ruckus in the halls of Congress to demand that the U.S. cease it's funding of the Drug War in Mexico and Central America, including the "Southern Border Plan" that is being utilized to further militarize the region while terrorizing vulnerable refugees in Mexico. We will also demand sanctuary for Latin American refugees in the U.S. and an end to the militarization of our own police force in the U.S.

A key to social change is grassroots power, so we'll be having a welcome party, congressional visits, demonstrations, art-building, border vigil planning, and more! (see below and click on the registration form)

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 14 - Opening Celebration & Art Build (5 PM - 9 PM, 1211 Delafield Pl. NW, Washington, DC)

Friday, April 15 - Lobby Training: Talking Points & Role Play (This workshop will be repeated Sunday morning, you only need to attend 1 of them if lobbying - 9 AM - 11:30 PM, Jubilee USA offices, 212 East Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC 20003)

As the Brazilian Congress kicks off an illegitimate impeachment process that threatens Democracy, let's stand together with the Brazilian people as they take the streets against the coup! (5:30pm to 7:30pm in front of the Brazilian Embassy 3006 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008)

Friday, April 15 - Funk the War Tax Dance Party (8 PM - 1 AM, 1809 Monroe Street NW, Washington, DC)

Saturday, April 16 - Workshop: Pressure Biden to Close the SOA & Scrap the "Alliance for Prosperity" (9:45 AM - 11:15 AM, Shaw Neighborhood Library, WTD Meeting Room - 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Saturday, April 16 - Workshop: Nonviolent Direct Action (12:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, MLK Room A-3, 901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001)

Saturday, April 16 - Peace, Life, & Justice Caravan from Latin America and U.S. Youth present "Creative & Courageous Resistance to Militarism & State Violence" (5 PM - 8 PM, Bolivarian Hall, 2445 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC)

Sunday, April 17 - Lobby Training: Talking Points & Role Play [repeat of Friday's workshop] (10 AM - 12:30 PM, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - 2016 Border Convergence Planning & Discussion on Root Causes of Migration (2 PM - 5 PM, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - Art Build Part II - Drum, banner, & sign-making in Mt. Pleasant for next day's action! (5 PM - 7pm, La Casa, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Sunday, April 17 - SOAW Social/Dinner at Haydee's (5 PM - ?, Haydee's Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC)

Monday, April 18 - Morning Coffee Meetup on the Hill (8 AM -10 AM, Longworth House Cafeteria 24 Hour Vending)

Monday, April 18 - Flyering at Columbus Circle near Union Station (8am - 9am)

Monday, April 18 -
Immigration Rally at the Supreme Court, 9am - 12pm

Monday, April 18 - Protest in Honor of Berta Cáceres in front of the Cannon House Office Building at 12:30pm (Independence Ave & First Street SE)

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Rest in Struggle, Berta Cáceres and Nelson García

We have been devastated by the assassination of last year’s Spring Days of Action featured speaker, Berta Cáceres, on March 3, 2016. Berta was a long-time social movement leader, co-founder of COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), an anti-imperialist deeply involved in the struggle to stop the displacement of Lenca communities by mega-projects in Honduras. Unfortunately we just received the awful news that another member of COPINH, Nelson García, was assassinated at his mother-in-law's home yesterday. We are awaiting further details, but suffice to say that the situation in Honduras is dire and we must continue working in solidarity with these brave activists.

Last year in DC, Berta called on U.S. social movements to join together and demand an end to U.S. imperialism as well as the accompanying structural adjustment programs and destructive "development projects" imposed upon the global South by international banks. Let her words remind us of the importance of every voice in the resistance:

"Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction. The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other gravely threatened rivers. We must answer their call. Our Mother Earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated, demands that we take action. Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in a way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.". - Berta Cáceres

The freezing of part of U.S. military aid to Mexico in 2015 after the Ayotzinapa disappearances was a restult of public protests, lobby efforts, and media work, which showed us that grassroots power can make a difference. We must continue pushing forward for many reasons. Solidarity with the people of Honduras, and honoring the example of struggle that Berta left us are two of them.

Questions? Suggestions? Ideas? Please contact Arturo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (202) 234-3440.

Together We Will Demand

  • ¡Justicia para Berta! Justice for Berta! Berta was assassinated to strike fear among her organization (COPINH), the Lenca, and the entirety of the Hoduran Resistance. We stand in the memory of Berta and oppose mega-projects that seek to own the rivers and trees!
  • The defunding of Plan Frontera Sur or the Southern Border Plan which is further militarizing Mexico and fostering death, disappearances, and other human rights abuses of Central American refugees.
  • Free the refugees from Immigrant Prison! Mesoamerican "immigrants" are asylum-seekers & refugees of the Drug War and its accompanying state violence. We will demand TPS for all Refugees already in the U.S. and their release from private detention centers NOW!
  • End militarization of the police in the US! Pass the "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act"! Our communities in the US are also not battlefields! The Pentagon must stop sending "free" military weapons to police forces.
  • Tell Biden & Obama to close the School of the Americas! It’s been too long. The time to act is now! We also do not want the "Alliance for Prosperity" or Biden Plan in Central America, new name, same destructive policies.

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